Our weekly get together hosted by our Technical Director Cath Convery, covering a whole host of topics. Each week Cath gathers speakers from all corners of the world to break down areas we are interested in, all into a 30 min coffee break.  Take a look below at what we have coming up and register to be a part of our chats and send in your questions.

If you have missed an episode, don’t fear! We record all our chats and they can be found below.

Take a look at our back catalogue


Cath Convery on a coffee and chat with the author of The Leadership Book Neil Jurd OBE.


Grab your biscuits with a steaming cup and join us for a chat this week about Apprenticeships. Caroline Walton will be joined by guest speakers Ange Garner

Using Military History when Teaching Leadership

We will be analysing with Prof. Peter Caddick-Adams why do we use Military History when teaching Leadership. Many business leaders today are facing some of the toughest challenges having to be restructure their businesses. So where can they turn to for answers? We can certainly turn to lessons from some of the history’s most effective military leaders. 

Coffee and Chat EPAO

This time we will be bringing you more content on what we have been doing as an End Point Assessment Organisation. Cath Convery will be joined by Caroline Walton.

“Buying Social” purposeful businesses and Social Enterprise.

The real purpose of training

coffee and chat webinar with Paul Matthews, Learning & Development Expert, Strategist and Author. To fully understand how to deliver great training, it’s vital to know why training is significant, what is the real purpose of it.
We will be discussing how to improve performance, satisfaction and morale, consistency, quality standards but also the importance of addressing weaknesses.

Pioneering Experiences, Then & Now

This week Cath is joined by Lucy Lewis. Talking about – Pioneering Experiences, Then & Now. Lucy being the first Bomb Disposal Operator woman 30 years ago compared to being the first woman on a University Marshal at Cambridge role only two years ago.

Change and Project Management

Grab your biscuits with a steaming cup and join us for a chat this week about Change and Project Management. Nicole Symes Frazer will be joined by guest speaker Tanja van den Akker.

The link between training and culture

ELS was be joined by guest speaker Ed Vaizey, Media Columnist, Political Commentator and former Barrister who served as Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries to talk to us about the link between Training and Culture.

Working with multiple stakeholders and the cultural requirements

Many projects today span organisations, countries, and time zones. We interact with multiple stakeholders, potentially distributed all over the globe. The reality is that different cultures are different. They have different values, norms, rituals, and expectations. This complex stakeholder landscape raises the risk of inadvertent misunderstandings, conflict, and culture clash. Cath was joined by Elisabeth Roberts to learn more. 

The 5 Dysfunctions in a Team

We will be analysing what makes teams work effectively, as leadership requires as much courage as it does insight. The five dysfunctions will give us a good insight, which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. No one makes progress or succeeds alone. Ian Strachan and Martin Johnson will talk us through a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team.

Business Skills to price without fear

The psychology of pricing is frequently counter-intuitive and researchers have been investigating it for years.
This week Cath Convery welcomes Andrew Bailey, Gary Gorman and Gordon Lundie to talk to us about the skills needed by businesses/business owners so they can price without fear and earn what they’re really worth.

Use of Data in the NHS

High quality data can lead to improvements in patient care and patient safety. It plays a role in refining services and decision making, as well as being able to identify trends and patterns to predict future events and outcomes.
This week Cath Convery is joined by Monica Jones, Chief Data Officer at Health Data Research UK.

Apprenticeships and End Point Assessment Organisations​

ELS has been approved as an End-Point Assessment Organisation. This week Caroline Walton, Head of ELS EPAO will give us some insight of the process, while looking at the apprentice point of view with Holly Hamer.
All apprentices must take an independent assessment at the end of their training to confirm that they have achieved occupational competence. Essential to give employers confidence that apprentices completing an apprenticeship standard can actually perform in the occupation and demonstrate the duties, knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) set out in the occupational standard.

The Importance of Body Language in Negotiations

Listen to Keld Jensen’s expert opinion on The Importance of Body Language in Negotiations, hosted by our very own Cath Convery.

Finding your Native Genius

Finding your Native Genius with Charlie Welch and Cath Convery.
A native genius is something that people do, not only exceptionally well, but absolutely naturally. Getting results that are head-and-shoulders above others

Modern Slavery

An area we are often asked to include in our courses for Contract Managers and Procurement Officers. This week Cath is joined by Marc Waterman and Matthew Barber.

Neuroscience and Change

This week Cath is joined by Stella Collins and Fiona Magee. They bring all their expertise to the table and talk about Neuroscience and Change. Understanding the psychology of the learner and having them more engaged.

Making a difference - Environmental change , a journey

This week Cath sits down with David Johnston OBE Wantage MP and Sally Povolotsky, winner of the Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards 2020, to talk Environment Change. 

Cycling -The advantage for business

This week Cath sits down with Dr Suzanne Bartington and Nicholas Woodland and talks about on why cycling should be part of the new normal more and more, and what advantages this will bring to businesses. 

Informal Learning

This week Cath sits down with Laura Overton from Tulser and Paul Matthews CEO People Alchemy Ltd. Taking a closer look at Informal Learning.


Change Management

This week Cath sits down with Lucy Finney and ELS’s very own Nicole Symes Frazer.

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week Cath sits down with Charlotte Jolliffe during Mental Health Week.

  • Any new trends we might have seen during lockdown.
  • What types of good  interventions are companies using?
  • with return to work imminent, what information is helpful to know.
  • Tips for helping individuals cope with stress.

Black Swan Thinking

This week Cath sits down with Rob Hoblin.

  • What is Black Swan Thinking?
  • How might an organisation prepare for Black Swan Risks?